Torquil Campbell

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Torquil Campbell
Torquil Campbell performing live with Stars.jpg
Torquil Campbell performing live in Milwaukee during The Five Ghosts tour.
Background information
Also known as Dead Child Star
Born (1972-03-17) 17 March 1972 (age 42)
Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Indie rock
Occupations Musician, actor
Instruments Vocals, melodica, trumpet
Labels Arts & Crafts, Soft Revolution
Associated acts Broken Social Scene, Memphis, Stars, Dead Child Star

Torquil Campbell (born March 17, 1972) is the co-lead singer and a songwriter for the Montreal-based indie rock band Stars. In addition to singing, he also plays the melodica and trumpet.[1] Torquil is also involved in a solo project, called Dead Child Star, created in March 2008. The first album from Dead Child Star came out in January 2011, titled Cold Hands, Warm Heart. He also is a member of the band Memphis. They have released three albums, the latest of which, Here Comes A City, was released in 2011 by Arts And Crafts.[2] In addition to his involvement in these projects, he records and performs with Broken Social Scene, a Canadian indie rock band and musical collective. In the fall of 2011, Campbell became a regular contributor to the CBC radio program Q.

Acting career[edit]

He worked as an actor for much of his life, appearing on stage throughout North America, playing roles as diverse as Gary, the teenage prostitute in the original New York production of the controversial play Shopping and Fucking[1] starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, and the title role in Shakespeare's Henry V. He has directed theatre, including a production of Romeo and Juliet for the Hamptons Shakespeare Festival. Campbell has also had numerous acting roles in Canadian television series and TV movies, including the role of Bill Badger in the animated series, Rupert, Pray for Me, Paul Henderson, and guest appearances in Sex and the City and Law & Order.[1] He has also appeared in the feature films: The Bay of Love and Sorrows and The Golden Seal.

Personal life[edit]

Torquil Campbell was born in Sheffield, England and came to Canada during childhood with his family.[1] He is the son of actors, the late Douglas Campbell and Moira Wylie. He attended and graduated from Jarvis Collegiate Institute in Toronto. Torquil's father recorded the intro of the song Your Ex-Lover is Dead on the Stars album, Set Yourself on Fire. The exact words of the intro are: "When there is nothing left to burn, you have to set yourself on fire." Torquil is married to actress Moya O'Connell, who gave birth to their first child, daughter Ellington Beatrice Pepper Campbell, in 2009. He and his family live in both Vancouver, and Niagara-on-the-Lake (the latter for the duration of the annual Shaw Festival, where his wife Moya is currently in her sixth season as an ensemble member).

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